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Beauty Test Drive: BECCA Eye Tint Créme

BTD: Urban Decay Shadow
Winona looks fierce in this Urban Decay eyeshadow pencil. Read More »
BTD: Beach Tint
Jess tries this cheek stain from BECCA. Read More »
BTD: Philosophy
Rachel loves Philosophy's colorless primer. Read More »
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I’ve found an easy-peasy smoky eye in a tube. Yeah, a tube. It’s not an eyeshadow — it’s a cream. No brushes required. No large palettes to carry around. No loose powder flaking on the tops of my cheeks. BECCA’s Eye Tint créme is the easiest smoky eye I’ve ever done.

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Beauty Test Drive: Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Cream

BTD: Fairy Dust
Pixi's Fairy Dust highlighter is as pretty as can be. Read More »
BTD: Beach Tint
Jess tries this cheek stain from BECCA. Read More »
BTD: Black Mask
We try this unique mask from Boscia. Read More »
BTD: Umbrian Clay
Better skin through mud? No way! Read More »

Let’s begin with a disclaimer: this is less of a Beauty Test Drive and more of a Beauty Necessity for me, but I want to share it. This Kiehl’s deodorant and I have never been separated, not once, since I first started using it, like, six years ago. It’s my must-have, my holy grail, and if you convert, it’ll be yours, too. It’s that good. My skin is completely incompatible with drugstore deodorants. Something in them — the fragrance, maybe? — makes my underarms red, itchy, and inflamed, and to add insult to injury, the sickening, synthetic scents are what I really can’t stand. I’ve used every brand on shelves, plus their sensitive skin versions, and they’ve all left me scaly, smelling of plastic fruits, and wholly dissatisfied. And forget “unscented” offerings; you might as well forgo deodorant altogether. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil

BTD: Highlighter
Benefit Watt's Up
Jessica loves Benefit's new Watt's Up highlighter! Read More »
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I have a really hard time buying basics. If I go to the store to buy a black tank top there is a high probability I will walk out with a sequined cocktail dress. The same goes for makeup. For example, last week I went to Ulta to pick up some moisturizer and other boring things, and walked out with a $20 sparkly teal eyeshadow pencil. You know what though? Sometimes I’m really glad I have absolutely no self-control, because this stuff is awesome… Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Bob Harper’s Smart 7-Day Cleanse, A Pooper’s Paradise

Pooping At Work
bathroom stall photo
Poop happens. We want to know if you poop at work. Read More »
Pooping Etiquette
10 bathroom rules that couples should abide by. Read More »
Pooping Is A Feminist Issue
One writer talks about how pooping is a feminist issue. Read More »

Look guys, I’m going to start out with a disclaimer, which is to say, we all know cleanses and shortcuts other than eating healthy and exercise are not going to really help you lose weight. However! This bitch is always looking for a shortcut. And so when a PR rep offered to send along samples of Noted Weight Loss Expert and “Biggest Loser” Yeller Extraordinaire Bob Harper’s new line of slimming products, I was like I am so going to do this.

Bob Harper’s Smart 7-Day Cleanse isn’t a typical juicy-juice eat-lots-of-kale-til-you-turn-green cleanse program that involves completely changing everything in your life and giving over to the higher power of the food processor. No, it involves taking six veggie caps per day and eating three regular balanced meals. What are those veggie caps packed with? Well, Senna. Senna, which you can, to be honest, also find in a lot of “slimming teas,” acts as a laxative and appetite suppressant. But oh man, it is powerful. You will poop if you take it. And you will poop a lot.

The idea is that you take this cleanse before you get really going on your exercise and weight loss regiment. That way you’re not carrying around extra crap — literally. So how was it?

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Beauty Test Drive: Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette

BTD: PixiGlow Face Palette
Gorgeous glimmery Pixi makeup fit for a fairy! Read More »
BTD: Beach Tint
Jess tries this cheek stain from BECCA. Read More »
BTD: Fairy Dust
Pixi's Fairy Dust highlighter is as pretty as can be. Read More »
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Cheek bones: all of of us have got them, but some of us need do so some heavy lifting with the makeup brushes to make ‘em visible. I’ve got the random collection of blushes, bronzers and highlighters that women can accumulate over time and I know just which ones — all different brands, in different compacts of course — work best for me. Napoleon Perdis’ Ultimate Contour Palette is a three-in-one palette that’s made packing up my makeup bag so much easier.  Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Philosophy “The Present” Clear Makeup

BTD: Black Mask
We try this unique mask from Boscia. Read More »
BTD: Beach Tint
Jess tries this cheek stain from BECCA. Read More »
BTD: PixiGlow Face Palette
Another great selection from the Target line! Read More »

I’m of the ilk that believes any and all makeup is ill-advised without the use of primer. On my fairly oily skin, I can’t go a day without applying a good primer before my foundation or tinted moisturizer, lest I lose my carefully applied face by midday. I’ve tried quite a few, including the highly regarded Smashbox version, and found them underwhelming. What I really need is something that’s like a colorless foundation, the lovechild of a moisturizer and spackle, that will hide pores without clogging them, smooth my skin and fine lines, and most importantly, keep my makeup on all day. Philosophy is mostly known for its (amazing) skincare, so this souped-up primer is a natural extension. It makes my skin look and feel basically airbrushed from when I put it on in the morning until I take my makeup off at night. It’s mattifying enough that I can skip powder, yet it’s a natural, glowy semi-matte that never looks caky or oxidizes. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

A New Skincare Routine
Make 2012 your most glowing year yet. Read More »
BTD: Spa Sonic
We try the Spa Sonic system! Read More »

It’s Boscia, not blackface. Boscia’s done some amazing marketing because the instant I saw this on the shelf at Sephora, I had to have it. A peel-off mask that’s as thick as tar? I imagined it pulling off my entire face to reveal what I always knew was lying below: Scarlett Johansson. Sadly, that did not happen. But, I was pretty happy with the results. Boscia’s mask promises to boost “…skin clarity and radiance. Removes dirt and impurities while refining the look of pores.” This is a mineral-rich mask made of premium clay that will strip away excess oil and naturally exfoliate. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: BECCA’s Beach Tint Cream Stain

BTD: PixiGlow Face Palette
Another great selection from the Target line! Read More »
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BTD: Cheek Tint
Jessica loves Benefit's Cha Cha Cheek Tint. Read More »

Want the same earthy, natural effect as Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown but can’t reach quite so deep into your pockets? BECCA Cosmetics is a less pricy brand that’s just as gorgeous — and their Beach Tint cream stain has already gotten me a compliment from my boss. Beach Tint comes in a tiny tube (you don’t need a brush!) and can be blended onto your cheeks like blush/bronzer or swiped across your lips — or both. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Target PixiGlow Fairy Dust Highlighter

BTD: PixiGlow Face Palette
Another great selection from the Target line! Read More »
BTD: Highlighter
Benefit Watt's Up
Jessica loves Benefit's new Watt's Up highlighter! Read More »
BTD: Cheek Tint
Jessica loves Benefit's Cha Cha Cheek Tint. Read More »

Highlighter is makeup that sounds like it was invented by the beauty industry just to sell you more crap that you don’t need. But at least for me, once I started using a highlighter from MAC, I wondered how I lived without it. Target’s new PixiGlow Fairy Dust Highlighter  is a great new budget-friendly highlighter that I’ve been test-driving for almost two months and wholeheartedly endorse. 

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Beauty Test Drive: L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes

BTD: Umbrian Clay
Better skin through mud? No way! Read More »
BTD: Waterproof Liner
Can Tarte's liner really stay put through the tears? Read More »
BTD: Highlighter
Benefit Watt's Up
Jessica loves Benefit's new Watt's Up highlighter! Read More »

Contrary to popular belief, all mascaras are not made equal. Case in point: Diorshow, one of the few cult favorite beauty products wherein literally everybody is in the cult. Beauty addicts world over, whether they apply makeup for a living or simply dabble in perfecting their own face, are well-informed of the magic that is the $25 mascara. While I wouldn’t so much as blink at spending $25 on, say, a gorgeous lipstick (that’s $10 cheaper than my favorite Yves Saint Laurent!) that has the potential to last for years if used properly, mascara has far less integrity. In fact, you’re supposed to toss it after just three months of use. Devoted to long, thick black lashes, but burned by the hefty price tag on Diorshow and my other favorite, Chanel Inimitable, I made it my personal beauty mission to find a drugstore mascara that would give me the same lusty Kardashian-lash effect for less than half the price. Keep reading »

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